The mall developer bought the Pacers for $11 million in 1983 at the request of then-Indianapolis mayor Bill Hudnut, who had feared another buyer would move the team. Spiffy Conseco Field House opened in 1999.
Taylor made his fortune in the data storage business. Basketball has been a tougher grind--he's cut prices and given away free tickets to lure fans to the Target Center in recent years, while the Timberwolves head for a seventh straight losing season.
The real estate developer has become one of sports' top tycoons, with interests in the NBA, NHL, NFL and English Premier League soccer. He'll have to divest himself of the Nuggets and Avalanche, though, to comply with NFL rules on his purchase of the St. Louis Rams.
The Microsoft cofounder turned to big-time sports in the late '90s, sinking a combined $264 million into the Blazers and the NFL's Seattle Seahawks. Together, the two clubs are now worth some $1.3 billion.
The Russian white knight stepped in to bankroll the Nets oft-stalled move to Brooklyn. Stay tuned as he takes aim at the Knicks for the hearts and minds of New York hoops fans.
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